Aust foreign policy worries China

The Chinese government has perceived a modification of Australian foreign policy by the Abbott government and the change threatens to hurt the nation’s relationship with Beijing, according to The Australian Financial Review.

The report suggests experts have spotted a cooling of relations since Prime Minister Tony Abbott won the September federal election, pointing to government comments over the air dispute over the East China Sea and closer ties with Taiwan and Japan as signs of change.

“I think there is an obvious shift in foreign policy under the new government, compared to the previous Labor government,” Wang Zhenyu, a research fellow at a think tank linked to China’s Foreign Ministry, told the AFR

If the current tension is not remedied, the Strategic Partnership signed between the two nations in April could be rendered “meaningless”, Mr Wang added, according to the report.